I have recently needed to get used to travelling by tube again. Apart from the lack of people wearing masks or not keeping their distance, the experience was slightly unpleasant, with some stations closed and some others like King’s Cross where we may have to take a longer walk to change lines or exit the station.
I find that using the tube can be a nighmare for various reasons, including: navigating the tube map and the temperature in some lines. Some help might be available.
Navigating the tube
Using the London tube map can be a nightmare, which doesn’t help with navigating the tube. We spend quite a bit of time studying it before we make a decision. There are some very artistic Lodon tube maps, which I’ve blogged about. The map we use today is based on a schematic tube map, first designed by Harry Beck in 1931. Beck did compromise some geographical accuracy to create a clear data visualisation tool that could help travellers.
The problem comes with subsequent versions, where new lines have just been added on to the map, creating a messy feeling and giving sometimes the impression that some tube and Overground stations are far away from each other. For example, Charing Cross and Embankment, or Archway and Upper Holloway Overground.
I’m not sure if a more geographical representation of the map like the one released by the TfL a few years ago would actually help. The designer Mark Noad has created a map where stations are positioned more accurately in relation to one another from a street level perspective, which might help newbies in London.
How often have we felt really hot on the Central Line? In winter is already quite overwhelming with the thick coats and the amount of people, but in the summer can be even worse.
Check out this new air-conditioned tube map. Stations with air con include Hammersmith, King’s Cross and Watford.
Remember that you need to use masks on the tube unless you’re exempt to be safe and keep others safe.
What’s your experience of using the tube recently??